After a seemingly endless absence from golf (and from the public spotlight in general), Tiger Woods has returned to the game that made him into one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet. The Masters, one of golf’s crown jewels, kicks off on Thursday (April 8), but Woods hit the links today for a bit of practice in his first public display of golf in months. Following his public apology and a series of low-key interviews, Woods is ready to get back to business, and the golf world couldn’t be happier. Despite his long layoff, Woods is expected to be a top contender in this year’s tournament, and some experts are saying that he should be considered the favorite to win another iconic green jacket (it would be the fifth in his career) and his first major win since his epic defeat of Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open Championship.
Like any great athlete making a comeback, Woods will need a handful of theme songs. He need look no further than the video playlist below, which features hits like Shout Out Louds’ “The Comeback,” Mase’s “Welcome Back,” Hall and Oates’ “How Does It Feel to Be Back” and Baby Bash’s “Baby I’m Back.” Once he has made his entrance, he’s got plenty of golf-themed songs to fall back on, including Michael Martin Murphey’s “Big Iron” (not actually about golf clubs), Panic! at the Disco’s “That Green Gentleman” (not actually about Masters winners) and Deftones’ “Be Quiet and Drive” (not actually about opening tee shots).
To really get things started, Woods needs to turn to an old chestnut in LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” which not only opens with the immortal line “Don’t call it a comeback/ I’ve been here for years” but is also the portrait of a hungry guy looking to get back on top — not unlike Tiger himself.